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Carroll Charles

Declaration Signer Charles Carroll Superb Signature on Bank Check

Fantastic Charles Carroll Signature on a bank check issued by "Office of Discount and Deposit" for "Two Hundred and Thirty (Four) Dollars and Fifty Four cents". 6.5" x 2.5". Dated "Baltimore December 1829", and signed by Charles Carroll as "Ch Carroll of Carrollton". Repair to cancellation hole not affecting the signature, small mounting remnant on verso. Lovely strong vibrant ink.

Through his observations Charles Carroll of Carrollton came to deplore the excesses of the English system and the corruptions present in the Parliament. His resistance to the British constitutional monarchy paired with his extensive theological and philosophical studies formed his early belief that Maryland the other colonies "will, and must be independent." He wrote these prophetic words as early as November of 1663, a date that left many years for his revolutionary thoughts to foment. In large part due to his correspondence with his father, Charles Carroll became increasingly aware that parliamentary restrictions on the colonies would become a point of division between the colonies and the motherland. So concerned that this would be the case, Carroll began closely monitoring the voting records in the House of Commons.

As evidenced by his actions as First Citizen, Charles Carroll was vehemently against the excesses of the crown and he strongly supported the cause of his fellow colonists. His reaction to the Maryland version of the Boston Tea Party, which occurred when a British vessel arrived in the Chesapeake Bay, supports this contention. When Carroll was asked for advice about how to address the ship it is said that he replied, "Gentlemen, set fire to the vessel and burn her, with her cargo, to the water's edge."

Carroll's revolutionary voice was formally recognized in 1774 when he was asked by Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Chase to seek aid from Canada. While his efforts in Canada were unsuccessful, his notoriety in Maryland proved useful. In 1775, Carroll became a delegate to the Revolutionary Convention in Maryland and he was instrumental in convincing Marylanders to vote on behalf of independence. Due largely to the combination of his French language fluency and Catholic ties, Carroll was sent to Canada again in 1776, right before he was named delegate to the Continental Congress, on July 4, 1776.

When given the opportunity to sign the Declaration of Independence, on August 2, 1776, Charles Carroll reportedly replied that he would sign "most willingly."

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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Declaration Signer Charles Carroll Superb Signature on

Estimate $500 - $600Jan 16, 2020
Starting Bid $300
Westport , CT, USA
Auction Curated By:
John Reznikoff